A millennium after ancient Greeks transcribed their myths, medieval scribes refashioned the written word into a republic of letters.
"In ancient Greece, writing arose among traders and artisans doing business in the markets with foreigners and visitors from other cities. Their alphabet emerged not in scribal colleges or the king’s halls, nor was it brought by conquerors, but instead came ashore in the freewheeling, acquisitive, materialistic atmosphere of the agora, the Greek marketplace that also birthed democracy and the public sphere. ...
(From a recent Early Music Review newsletter)
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"Brian Robins writes about The Gabrieli Consort and Players at the event formerly known as the Beaune Festival, Clifford Bartlett and Barbara Sachs comment on new editions, and a wide range of new HIP recordings is put under scrutiny by our team of regular contributors." ...
"Roses are red, violets are blue…and this week on Harmonia, we invite you to go tripping through the tulips with us as we bring you a program of early music with texts inspired by both romantic and symbolic associations with flowers. Later in the program we’ll feature Anonymous 4’s recent recording, 1865: Songs of Hope and Home from the American Civil War. ...
"When he was skilfully negotiating the not inconsiderable complexities, upheavals and strife of musical and religious life at the English royal court during the Reformation, Thomas Tallis (c.1505-85) could hardly have imagined that more than 450 years later people would be queuing round the block for the opportunity spend their lunch-hour listening to the music that he composed in service of his God and his monarch. ...
Publication planned for: August 2015
"This is the first book to combine museum-based conservation techniques with practical instructions on the maintenance, repair, adjustment, and tuning of virtually every type of historical musical instrument. As one of the world's leading conservators of musical instruments, Stewart Pollens gives practical advice on the handling, storage, display and use of historic musical instruments in museums and other settings, and provides technical information on such wide-ranging subjects as ...
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